Obesity kills over 20 times as many people as all illegal drug use combined.
"Supersizing" is deadlier than "mainlining".
Annual Causes of Death in the United States
Poor Diet and Physical Inactivity (Obesity) 365,000
Microbial Agents 75,000
Toxic Agents 55,000
Motor Vehicle Crashes 26,347
Adverse Reactions to Prescription Drugs 32,000
Incidents Involving Firearms 29,000
Sexual Behaviors 20,000
All Illicit Drug Use, Direct and Indirect 17,000
Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs Such As Aspirin 7,600
Source: United States government...
National Institute on Drug Abuse,
Bureau of Mortality Statistics
Now that the Supreme Court has upheld Obama Care expect the Feds to take a very keen interest in what we eat and how much we exercise. Now that big brother is in the health care business he will start to require us to pass certain physical fitness criteria or he will penalize you with additional taxes. I would not be surprised if being overweight becomes a punishable criminal offense.
It should be a criminal offense. Those that choose to abuse their bodies by consuming unhealthy foods (often eating enough for two or more) and refusing to exercise cost this nation billions in additional healthcare costs. They are also a drain on productivity. They are not able to do as much work as a healthy person and they have many more sick days. Worst of all is the example they set for our children. If they see mommy going back for fourths at the Hungry Ox Buffet and then making two or more trips to the desert bar before going home and wallowing on the couch liked a bleached whale they think that is acceptable behavior. Children learn by example. What kind of example are these selfish and uncaring eating machines setting? If they see their obese mommy carted of to jail for exceeding her clinically determined weight range then they will realize that their actions come with consequences.
Researchers Say Marijuana Users Are Less Obese
Sugar and Caffeine: Gateway Drugs?
AMA Declares Obesity a Disease
Here's some help for the porkers...
Marijuana Legalization Supported By A Growing Majority Of Americans
"Colorado roadway fatalities are down 25 percent this year from last year, and also down from the 13-year average, Washington Post reports, in another damning debunking of law enforcement officials ‘drugged driving’ epidemic."
"Review papers debunk side effects, danger of marijuana usage"
"Officer Tried to Have Oral Intercourse With 12-year-old Orphaned Boy"
"Why research is biased against pot to focus on its harm and not its benefits"
3 Out Of 4 Doctors Approve Of Medical Cannabis
"Higher Ground: The marijuana train has left the station, and it's not turning around...there's a very interesting CivicScience report out now, based on data over the past two years, that shows 58 percent of Americans support legal marijuana that is regulated and taxed like alcohol. Data from the past three months shows 61 percent support...when you get to 60 percent or above, you're starting to talk about things with no ifs, ands, or buts — particularly in this case, with a sample size of 453,653. This wasn't 500 people they called one week; this was nearly half a million people over two years."
Myth: Oregon Police Resources Aren’t Spent On Marijuana Enforcement
These states could legalize marijuana in 2014 and beyond
Gavin Newsom To Lead Cannabis Legalization Effort
Cannabis Legalization The Will Of The Majority
Obesity; gateway To Narcotic Abuse
High School graduation rates climb in tandem with rise in marijuana use.
"Legalizing Marijuana Should Be a Top National Security Objective: Terrorism and Border Instability Would Diminish"
"Prosecutor to Drop All Seattle Marijuana Tickets"
Former U.S. attorney for Oregon endorses marijuana legalization measure
Caribbean Officials Look To Marijuana Tourism
Medical Marijuana in California: A Successful Treatment for a Wide Range of Patients
A group has filed a petition seeking a ballot initiative to legalize marijuana in Mississippi.
Study Refutes Claims of Widespread Abuse in California Medical Marijuana Program
No, marijuana is not actually “as addictive as heroin”
States with medical marijuana laws saw decreases in suicide rates, drops in drunken driving, fewer drunken driving fatalities, declines in heavy drinking, fewer painkiller overdoses, and lower teen usage rates.
"The federal government’s own statistics show that marijuana is safer than alcohol"
"Driving After Consuming Marijuana Way Less Dangerous Than Alcohol"
"Driving under the influence of marijuana doubles your risk of a crash, while a just-barely-illegal .08 BAC increases your risk eleven-fold..."
"Obama’s nominee for a top DOJ slot has said states should legalize marijuana."
Two British Newspapers Embarrass Themselves Over Marijuana
Canada’s Largest Addiction Center Calls for Marijuana Legalization
A Once-Skeptical Colorado Town Embraces Marijuana Legalization
Guam Legalizes Medical Marijuana
Alcohol lowers IQ, not pot, new study concludes
"Alcohol Has Killed Thousands Of People Since This Morning. Pot Use Has Killed Zero Since Forever."
"Kamala Harris Speaks Out On 'Inevitability' Of Marijuana Legalization In California"
"How Much Money Does Kevin Sabet Get To Spread Marijuana Propaganda?"
"Legal Pot In The U.S. May Be Undercutting Mexican Marijuana"
N.J. prosecutors say it's time to legalize marijuana.
Alcohol lowers IQ, not pot, new study concludes
"Attempt to Ban Marijuana Sales in Alaska’s Largest City Fails"
"Survey: Teen marijuana use declines even as states legalize"
If You Needed Convincing That Marijuana Can Be Good for You, Meet This Young Boy
"Marijuana Prohibition in Nebraska and Oklahoma Is the Real Nuisance"
"Court Rules That THC Wax, Honey Oil Qualify as Medical Marijuana"
"Facing Recall Over Betraying Marijuana Reformers, Missouri Councilwoman Resigns"
"Federal Drug Agency Denies Marijuana Is Less Toxic Than Alcohol"
Kamala Harris for senator in 2016, Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018!
"The Impact Of Smoking Marijuana Regularly On Your Lungs, According To Science"
"“Lifetime marijuana use up to 20 joint-years is not associated with adverse changes in spirometric (exhalation strength) measures of lung health,” the study, featured in the medical journal Annals of the American Thoracic Society, concluded...“The distinction the Emory University study makes is not new,” Allen St. Pierre, executive director of the National Organization to Reform Marijuana Laws, told ThinkProgress. “It’s ripe with citations from Donald Tashkin who has spent more than 40 years trying to answer the question of what happens to people when they smoke tobacco and marijuana. This new study took things further; today these products aren’t being smoked [in a way] that the product is carbonized and there’s ash."
"Florida Legislation would Legalize Medical Marijuana, Effectively Nullify Federal Prohibition"
"Study: Marijuana is even less dangerous than we thought"
"Study: Daily Marijuana Use Not Associated With Brain Shrinkage"
"Medical Marijuana Making Noise In Florida"
"Daily Marijuana Use Doesn't Really Change Brains of Adults or Teens, Study Finds"
"Was Marijuana Really Less Potent in the 1960s?"
"Ben & Jerry's founders are open to making marijuana infused ice cream"
"Poll: 61 Percent Of Americans Want Marijuana Legalization, Smashing Previous Records"
"No, marijuana use doesn’t lower your IQ"
Having been exposed as liars prohibitionists grasping at straws. Warn of Bunny Rabbits of the Apocalypse if mj legalized.
Better w a t c h out or Buds Bunny will get you!
"Legal Marijuana In Colorado Has Already Generated $15 Million For Schools"
"Hotel Searches Rise Where Marijuana is Legal"
So much for marijuana killing tourism.
The sky still isn't falling no matter how loudly the chicken little prohibitionists squawk while frantically running in circles.
"Majority of Californians ready to legalize marijuana, new poll confirms"
"Chris Christie's muddled message on marijuana and the War on Drugs "
"Church Of Marijuana Gets Boost From Indiana's Anti-Gay 'Religious Freedom' Bill"
"Marijuana Bill Gains Cosponsors in House and Senate"
Here Comes Italy: Marijuana Legalization Effort Gears Up in Parliament
Florida takes another shot at a recreational marijuana bill
"I Thought Legalizing Pot Would Be a Disaster. But It Turned Out To Be Wonderful."
U.S. Legalization of Marijuana Has Hit Mexican Cartels’ Cross-Border Trade
"The Drug Czar is Required by Law to Lie"
Marijuana legalization has more support than any candidate in some states
Drug warriors are still crying 'reefer madness.' The facts don't support them
Colorado Has Already Raised More Marijuana Taxes for Schools This Year Than in All of 2014
Forget marijuana - what's the REAL 'gateway drug'?
Marijuana is often attacked as a 'gateway drug'. But a look at drug use data shows that others may be worse.
Marijuana Study Counters 'Gateway' Theory
63% of Republican Millennials favor marijuana legalization
Republicans Against Marijuana Prohibition (RAMP), a nonprofit organization and political caucus within the GOP that recognizes prohibition of marijuana to be a failed policy that undermines our liberties.
Marijuana dispensaries save l i v e s, new study shows
6 In 10 Young Republicans Favor Legal Marijuana
New Research Debunks One of the Oldest Myths About Marijuana
Legalized marijuana is bringing record high benefits to Colorado schools
Medical Use of Marijuana Doesn’t Increase Youths’ Use, Study Finds
Colorado gov now says legalizing marijuana helps state's fiscal health
'Just Say No' to the Gateway Theory of Pot
D.A.R.E. gets duped by anti-pot satire
Not the sharpest tools in the shed.
But what would you expect from a bunch of reefer madness prohibitionists?
Marijuana Prohibition Is a Moral Scandal Built on a Mountain of Lies
Marijuana Taxes Swell, Not Up In Smoke After All
Republican voters to feds: Butt out of marijuana reform
Vagina searches and other reasons the war on marijuana must end in America
California Ready for End to Pot Prohibition
Cop Taken Off Street 4 Issuing 2 Many Pot Tickets
Drug Czar Supports DC Marijuana Legalization
The New York Times Calls for Marijuana Legalization
Salem City Council takes step to allow Oct. 1 marijuana sales
SALEM — The Salem City Council has voted to permit the early sales of recreational marijuana from medical marijuana dispensaries.
The Statesman Journal reports that the council's vote Monday would permit the sales beginning Oct. 1, more than three months ahead of the planned start date.
New Mexico Senate Committee Passes Marijuana Legalization
Congressional Fundraiser Held At A Marijuana Garden
Blue ribbon marijuana? Cannabis industry finds a foothold at the Oregon State Fair
Marijuana Legalization Texas: House Committee Approves Bill HB 2165 To Make Marijuana Legal
7 States On the Verge of Marijuana Legalization
Marijuana-Legalization Efforts and Their Impact on the Presidential Race
With the race for the White House heating up, the “politics of marijuana” is looming as a possibly significant factor.
Twenty-four state ballot initiatives on marijuana legalization in 16 states have been filed already and will be voted on in November 2016, including in the “swing states” of Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, and New Mexico.
Colorado raises $150 million from marijuana.
Oregon's doomed marijuana prohibitionists: Editorial Agenda 2015
Lawmakers announce deal on medical marijuana legislation
California lawmakers said late Thursday that they have reached a deal on legislation to regulate and license medical marijuana.
The regulatory framework to corral the billion-dollar medical cannabis industry will be contained in three bills that have received the blessings of the two chambers and Gov. Jerry Brown, said Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Oakland, one of the authors of the measures.
THE NEW YORK TIMES; "Congress and Obama Are Too Timid on Marijuana Reform"
2016 Will be Huge For Marijuana
Judge says marijuana dispensary video can be used in probe of California police
California Lt. Governor – California Will Legalize Recreational Marijuana In 2016
New Data Shows Legalization Had No Impact On Teen Marijuana Use
Road fatalities in Colorado have plummeted since marijuana was legalized
Washington: Legalized Marijuana Access Not Associated With Increased Teen Use
Legal Marijuana in Arizona Would Generate $72M Yearly in Tax Revenue, New Report Says
Colorado Just Became The First State In History To Collect More Taxes From Marijuana Than Alcohol
Bernie Sanders vows to strike down absurd federal marijuana money laws
Marijuana Legalization Bill Introduced In Michigan
Marijuana Report by Anti-Pot Group Continues Jihad Against Legalization
Toledo, Ohio Votes Yes To Decriminalize Marijuana By Wide Margin
Supposedly Neutral Federal Report Stacks The Deck Against Marijuana Legalization
"In 2012 Coloradans approved Amendment 64, which legalized marijuana for recreational use, by a vote of 55 percent to 45 percent. Last February a Quinnipiac University poll found that 58 percent of Colorado voters supported that decision, while 38 percent opposed it and the rest weren’t sure.
For prohibitionists determined to portray marijuana legalization in Colorado as a disaster, those poll results are inconvenient, since they indicate that public support for Amendment 64 was higher after more than a year of legal recreational sales and more than two years of legal possession and home cultivation than it was in 2012. Honest drug warriors would acknowledge the Quinnipiac numbers and perhaps try to balance them with other poll results. Dishonest drug warriors would do what the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (RMHIDTA) does in its new report on marijuana legalization: change the numbers."
After 2 Years With Legal Marijuana, Most Coloradans Still Like It
The percentage supporting legalization is, if anything, higher than before it took effect.
Barbara Boxer and Dean Heller Back Federal Legalization of Medical Marijuana in States That Allow It
The senators cosponsor a bill that protects patients and providers from federal harassment.
Studies: Fewer Teens Using Marijuana, Younger Adolescents More Likely To Voice Disapproval
Bill Repealing Federal Pot Prohibition Has Bipartisan Backing
A Republican reintroduces legislation that lets states choose their own marijuana policies.
GOPers Open Door To Legal Marijuana
New California Statewide PollFinds Strong Support for Legalizing, Regulating and Taxing Marijuana in California
The survey makes it clear that voters offer strong support forlegalizing marijuana when it is coupled with a comprehensive regulatory system
and an ability to collect revenues to fund public services. Specifically,
nearly two-thirds of voters (65 percent)support a proposal to legalize,
regulate and tax marijuana in California for adults.
US Attorney General Loretta Lynch Expresses Support For States’ Rights On Marijuana Policy
During her confirmation hearing in January, Lynch said that her predecessor Eric Holder’s policy of generally respecting state marijuana laws “certainly would be my policy if confirmed as attorney general.” In written answers to question from members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, she said that the policy is “effective, consistent and rational.”
Drug Warriors Claim Sky Is Falling in Latest Anti-Marijuana Report
Why Congress Did Not Stop Marijuana Legalization in Its Backyard
Despite a prohibitionist tantrum, pot is legal in the nation's capital.
Colorado Support For Legal Marijuana Increases After Legalization
According to a Quinnipiac University Poll support for legal marijuana has risen by over 3% since legalization.
Poll Finds Majority Support for Legal Marijuana in Three Swing States
Voters are especially tolerant of medical use.
Justice Department To Grant Early Release To First 6,000 Of Eventual 46,000 Drug Offenders.
The inmates from federal prisons nationwide will be set free by the department’s Bureau of Prisons between Oct. 30 and Nov. 2. The Sentencing Commission estimated that an additional 8,550 inmates will be eligible for release Nov. 1, 2016.
The U.S. Sentencing Commission voted unanimously for the reduction last year after holding two public hearings in which they heard testimony from former attorney general Eric H. Holder Jr., federal judges, federal public defenders, state and local law enforcement officials, and sentencing advocates.
Signature Gathering For Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Bill Starts
The Government Is Stifling Medical Marijuana Research, Major Think Tank Declares
"The federal government is stifling medical research in a rapidly transforming area of public policy that has consequences for public health and public safety," the report, written by John Hudak and Grace Wallack, says. "Statutory, regulatory, bureaucratic, and cultural barriers have paralyzed science and threatened the integrity of research freedom in this area."
Noting that medical marijuana is already legal in dozens of states, the report argues that conflicting and contradictory federal policy is "interfering with the relationship between doctor and patient."
Ballot Initiative Filed to Legalize Marijuana in California
Glenn Beck Calls for the Repeal of Federal Drug Prohibition
Busted Over $80 Worth of Pot, College Student Turns Informant, Then Turns Up Dead
This is the way everybody does it, says the local police chief.
Arizona's Pima Commission Gives Up On Preventing Marijuana's Inevitable Legalization, Focuses On Public Education
Faced with mounting evidence that marijuana use has doubled in the United States, more states, including Arizona, are poised to pass laws allowing recreational use.
Commission officials said it will use its resources to educate the public, rather than trying to stop a growing movement.
Colorado is Making Way More On Marijuana Than They Thought
Marijuana taxes drew in $70 million instead of the predicted $40 million—almost double the expected amount. Alcohol taxes, on the other hand, drew in only $42 million.
SciCheck: DEA Chief Wrong On Medical Marijuana
"New marijuana rules get tougher on pesticides in Oregon cannabis industry"...Proof that legalization works. With legalization we will be getting a healthier product free from unwanted contaminants.
Israel's Police Chief Suggests Marijuana Should Be Decriminalized
Politicians on the left and right say recreational use should be legal.
Tactics And Tricks That Cops Use To Bust You For Marijuana
Landmark Case in Mexico's Supreme Court Could Pave the Way for Marijuana Legalization
High-Potency Marijuana Isn't Any More Dangerous Than Weak Stuff
Study: Marijuana Users 50 Percent Less Likely To Suffer From Metabolic Syndrome
Metabolic syndrome is a group of risk factors, including high blood pressure, high blood sugar, unhealthy cholesterol levels, and abdominal fat, which are linked to increased risk of heart disease and/or type 2 diabetes, among other serious health consequences.
Soon We’ll All Be Getting High: The End Of Marijuana Prohibition Is Closer Than You Think
Corrupt Michigan Cops Use Medical Marijuana Money To Buy I-Pads, Truck, Shirts
Legislation passed in 2013 (HB 5313) and signed into law in 2014 by Governor Snyder allowed money from the state’s Medical Marihuana Fund (the Fund) to be used by local units of law enforcement “for the operation and oversight of the Michigan medical marihuana program… operation and oversight grants are for education, communication and enforcement of the Michigan medical marihuana act…”
Instead they treated themselves to I-Pads, trucks, and t-shirts.
Ex-DEA agent on medical marijuana: some 'can't grip it until they've l i v e d it'
Pennsylvania bill legalizing medical marijuana has former DEA agent, State Rep. Mike Regan's (Republican) support.
Mexico’s Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Personal Marijuana Use
Ruling could pave way for legalization of recreational use.
Earl Blumenauer: DEA chief unfit after calling medical pot ‘a joke’
During morning remarks on the House floor, Mr. Blumenauer, Oregon Democrat, said the interim DEA chief’s attitude on medicinal marijuana is “indicative of a throwback ideology rooted in the failed war on drugs,” and he urged the Obama administration to consider a replacement.
“Rosenberg is clearly not the right fit for the DEA in this administration,” the congressman continued. “He’s an example of the inept, misinformed zealot who has mismanaged America’s failed policy of marijuana prohibition.”
San Diego Approves 21st Legal Medical Marijuana Shop
Victory! Congress passes bills to prohibit DEA from interfering with medical marijuana and hemp research in those states that have legalized them. It also okays federal funding for needle exchange programs.
Thanks to language in the omnibus spending bill the DEA's hands are tied and all they can do is stand there, w a t c h, and fume.
Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Win Battle Against Federal Crackdown
Medical marijuana dispensaries scored a major win on Monday when a federal judge ruled that the Department of Justice cannot prosecute legal providers of medical cannabis.
"This is a big win for medical marijuana patients and their providers, and a significant victory in our efforts to end the federal government’s war on marijuana. Federal raids of legitimate medical marijuana businesses aren’t just stupid and wasteful, but also illegal," said Dan Riffle, director of federal policies for Marijuana Policy Project, in a statement.
"It's great to see the judicial branch finally starting to hold the Justice Department accountable for its willful violation of Congress's intent to end federal interference with state medical marijuana laws,"said Tom Angell, chairman of the pro-legalization group Marijuana Majority. "I hope the Obama administration takes this ruling to heart and makes sure DEA and federal prosecutors finally stop trying to stand between patients and their medicine."
U.S. Surgeon General: ‘Marijuana Can Be Helpful’
The nation’s top doctor says that marijuana has medical benefits for some patients.
In a Wednesday appearance on “CBS This Morning,” Dr. Vivek Murthy, surgeon general of the United States, said, “We have some preliminary data showing that for certain medical conditions and symptoms, that marijuana can be helpful.”
“I think that we have to use that data to drive policymaking,” he added.
Anti-Pot Group Blames 'Big Marijuana' for Nonexistent Increase in Adolescent Cannabis Consumption
Neither Colorado nor Washington has seen a statistically significant change in underage use since legalization.
A recent analysis of data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) shows a small, statistically insignificant increase in cannabis consumption by Colorado teenagers between 2012-13, when marijuana possession by adults 21 and older became legal in that state, and 2013-14, when state-licensed merchants began selling marijuana to recreational consumers. The share of 12-to-17-year-olds reporting marijuana use in the previous month rose from 11.2 percent to 12.6 percent. (The state prevalence estimates combine two years of data to compensate for relatively small samples.) The anti-pot group SAM ("Smart Approaches to Marijuana") made the most of the new numbers:
Colorado now leads the country in past-month youth marijuana use, after legalizing marijuana in 2012. The state claims this dubious distinction after being in third place in the 2012-2013 report, and in fourth place in the 2011-2012 study.
By focusing on the change in Colorado's rank, SAM obscured the fact that neither of these changes was statistically significant, a point that SAM President Kevin Sabet further obfuscated by blaming "Big Tobacco" for a possibly nonexistent increase in underage use. "In Colorado especially," he said, "Big Marijuana has been allowed to run wild, and it appears that kids are paying the price more than in any other state in the country."
Vermont's Attorney General Bill Sorrell Predicts Legislature Will Legalize Marijuana In 2016
"Let me put it this way, I will be surprised if marijuana is not legalized in this next legislative session," he said. There are enough votes for legislation to pass in the Senate, he says, and outgoing Gov. Peter Shumlin has said he would sign a bill.
Colorado: 55% Of Voters Still Support Marijuana Legalization
Marijuana opponents like Kevin Sabet were very certain that Colorado voters would regret voting for marijuana legalization in 2012. Three years later, there is no buyer’s remorse in Colorado. In fact, the same percentage of voters that approved marijuana legalization in Colorado on Election Day 2012 stated that they still support it according to a poll recently released by Quinnipiac University. Per 9News:
Fifty-five percent of Colorado voters say they support the voter-passed law that legalized marijuana in the state, while 41 percent are opposed. And 53 percent said they believe that legalizing marijuana has been good for the state.
There’s a large gender gap when it comes to marijuana approval rates. Men are higher in the votes while woman are divided on the issue. Forty-five percent are saying it’s a good thing, and 47 percent believe marijuana is negatively affecting the state.
55.32% of Colorado voters voted ‘yes’ on Election Day 2012 for Amendment 64. I don’t expect Kevin Sabet to change his tune after the release of these poll results. However, I do expect him to look even dumber than usual if/when he continues to act like marijuana legalization in Colorado hasn’t worked. Colorado’s citizens have spoken, again, and they have expressed that they like their decision to legalize marijuana. I expect similar results in every other state that follows in Colorado’s footsteps.
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What We Didn't See In Colorado, With Legalization In Full Swing
California Could Take In $1 Billion Annually In Legal Marijuana Taxes
Moderate Marijuana Smokers Show Greater Lung Capacities Than Non-users
Most Colorado Voters Say Legal Marijuana Is A Good Thing
It's been almost two years since Colorado regulated recreational marijuana for sale, and according to a Quinnipiac University poll released on 11/20/2015 a majority of the state's voters support the decision and say its outcome has been good.
Support For Legalizing Marijuana Continues To Grow
According to the most recent Gallup poll (http://tinyurl.com/p675q7t) support for legalizing marijuana is at an all time high. The poll, released on 10/21/2015, shows 58% of Americans favor legalizing marijuana with increases in support in all age groups. With support averaging 56% since 2013 the trend is expected to continue unabated. Once considered political suicide many pols now call for the federal government to abstain from intervening with states efforts to legalize and regulate not only medical marijuana but recreational as well. A growing number even openly endorse outright legalization at the federal level.
America, Take Note: Three Lessons the Netherlands Learned After Decades of Evolving Its Drug Policy
Canada Officially Begins Move Toward Legalizing Marijuana
Canada’s new prime minister was only sworn in less than two weeks ago, but he has already directed his government to begin the process that will lead to the nationwide legalization of marijuana.
“I will expect you to work with your colleagues and through established legislative, regulatory, and Cabinet processes to d e l i v e r on your top priorities [including]a federal-provincial-territorial process that will lead to the legalization and regulation of marijuana,” Prime Minster Justin Trudeau wrote to Jody Wilson-Raybould, the country’s new justice minister and attorney general.
New Study Proves That Marijuana Doesn't Lower IQ
New study using identical twins debunks seriously flawed Duke University study. Marijuana use not linked to declines in IQ.
The Real Reason Marijuana Is Illegal
Potential Marijuana Legalization in Arizona Threatens TASC Drug Treatment Firm's Funding
A Maricopa County nonprofit that makes much of its money off low-level marijuana offenders would take a big financial hit if Arizona voters legalize marijuana in November.
The Treatment Assessment Screening Center, better known as TASC, contracts with the county to provide six months of mandatory drug-treatment services for first- or second-time offenders who get busted for possession of illegal drugs. TASC participants, with exceptions for low-income offenders, pay their own way for the program
If Arizonans vote "yes" on the Colorado-style legalization measure expected to be on the ballot next year, it would have huge effect on TASC, the nonprofit's CEO, Doug Kramer, acknowledges. TASC would need to seek out other court-ordered funding sources "to counter the loss of operating revenue," Kramer says.
Dabs, The Latest Marijuana Trend Police And Media Are Needlessly Freaking Out About
A highly potent form of marijuana has made its way to the East Coast, and law enforcement and “advocates” are very worried. In fact, they’re so worried that they are making false and baseless claims about its dangers.
Petition calls to remove DNC chair over anti-marijuana statements
Democratic National Committee chairperson and Florida House Democrat Debbie Wasserman Schultz has been speaking out against marijuana legalization while simultaneously accepting substantial campaign contributions from the alcohol industry, as reported by The Intercept, and critics say she should be replaced as DNC chair due to her “cannabis hypocrisy.”
A Quebec Judge Slammed Canada’s 'Antiquated and Ridiculous’ Marijuana Laws
On Thursday, a Quebec judge called out Canada's "ridiculous" marijuana laws, noting that lawyers and others who work in the legal system are probably getting high themselves. Characterizing current marijuana laws as "obsolete," he added that there's little doubt that crown attorneys, defense lawyers, and judges are among the 50 percent of Canadians who use weed.
Homicides Down Since Beginning of Legal Cannabis Sales in Denver
In one of the most drastic examples of the potential benefits of legalized cannabisColorados-Recreational-Marijuana-Task-Force, Denver, Colorado has seen a sizable reduction in violent crimes – particularly homicides – since the beginning of legal recreational cannabis sales.
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Mendocino National Forest Marijuana Cultivator Sentenced to More than Five Years in Prison
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Pablo Barreto-Cruz, 39, of Mexico, was sentenced today by United States District Judge John A. Mendez to five years and three months in prison and ordered to pay $22,800 in restitution for cultivating marijuana on public land and depredation of public lands and resources, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.
According to court documents, between March 2015 and May 2015, Barreto-Cruz grew 2,998 marijuana plants in the Mendocino National Forest. The marijuana cultivation operation caused significant harm to the habitat and water quality of the National Forest.. Following Barreto-Cruz’s arrest on May 12, 2015, authorities searched the marijuana cultivation site and discovered approximately 1,000 pounds of irrigation pipe, approximately 1,000 pounds of camp debris, and several fertilizers and pesticides, including the highly toxic pesticide Carbofuran, which is dangerous to both humans and animals. The U.S. Forest Service estimates that the marijuana cultivation site diverted approximately 18,000 gallons of water per day.
This case was the product of an investigation by the United States Forest Service, the Glenn County Sheriff’s Office and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Assistant United States Attorney Christiaan Highsmith prosecuted the case.
Marijuana Legalization In Colorado Is Killing Mexican Drug Cartels
Maryland Senate Overrides Governor’s Anti-Marijuana Veto
The Maryland Senate dashed Republican Gov. Larry Hogan’s efforts to prevent the decriminalization of marijuana Thursday.
The Democrat-controlled assembly mustered the three-fifths majority needed to override the Republican governor’s veto in a vote on the bill that would decriminalize the use of marijuana in public, as well as possession of cannabis paraphernalia like pipes and papers.
The bill’s advocates said it fixed an anomaly in the law, where marijuana use was decriminalized, but paraphernalia remained illegal. Sen. Robert A. Zirkin, a Baltimore County Democrat and sponsor of the bill, said the bill “is really a correction to what we did a couple years ago.”
Marijuana Reduces Alzheimers Symptoms, Scientists Say
A study has found that cannabis oil ingestion corresponded with decreased levels of aggression, irritability, apathy and delusions.
Legal Weed Having Little Effect On Teen Marijuana Use, Federal Data Shows
Federal data released this week found there was no change in monthly marijuana use in nearly every U.S. state compared to last year. The only significant changes were in Rhode Island, Ohio and Hawaii, where monthly marijuana use fell year over year.
The Mexican President Promises a Debate on Marijuana Legalization
By Gabriela Gorbea
November 10, 2015 | 4:05 pm
Mexico's President Enrique Peña Nieto has promised a major national debate to decide the country's position on marijuana legalization, the week after the country's supreme court granted four individuals the permission to cultivate and use the drug.
Peña Nieto instructed the country's interior ministry to organize the debate he said would include experts from multiple disciplines and will define Mexico's stance at next spring's United Nations global drug policy summit as well as the country's own specific policies on the issue.
While he laid out his own personal opposition to legalization — arguing that marijuana consumption leads to harder drugs — the president said he could be persuaded to change his mind.
"I am not the owner of the truth," Peña Nieto said. "I am open to listening to well-documented positions that are scientifically sustainable and could lead to a different position."..."from the human rights perspective you cannot stop anybody, specifically the four people in the case, from using their freedom to consume it if they want."
State Lawmakers To Congress: Butt Out Of Our Marijuana Laws
The National Conference of State Legislatures, the de facto bipartisan group of lawmakers, passed a resolution at its annual meeting Thursday calling on the federal government to amend the Controlled Substances Act to authorize state marijuana laws and on the administration to keep its nose out of state pot policies.
The resolution reaffirms that the federal government cannot use its power to force states, the laboratories of democracy, to criminalize marijuana or hemp, as “doing so would constitute unconstitutional commandeering.”
Public health researchers look at rise in marijuana related hospitalization.
After a decrease in hospitalizations related to marijuana alone from 2004 to 2007, these inpatient admissions ballooned from 11,267 in 2007 to 20,471 in 2011—an 82% increase, said Dr. Zhu, a postdoctoral associate at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C.
“The use of cannabis has been found to be associated with adverse physical and mental health outcomes in both the short term and the long term,” said Dr. Zhu, noting that it can be linked to drug use disorder, anxiety, psychotic symptoms, breathing problems, increased heart rate, impaired driving, and an increased risk of other substance abuse. “Thus, the increase of cannabis use and its adverse health effects will potentially place more burden on health care systems.”
Leading Anti-Marijuana Academics Are Paid by Painkiller Drug Companies
Mexico Issues First Permits To Grow And Use Marijuana
What happens when you get stoned every single day for 5 years
"The study found that people who smoked marijuana on daily basis for a long period of time -- five years or more -- had poorer verbal memory in middle age than people who didn't smoke, or who smoked less. This association remained even after researchers controlled for a variety of other factors known to affect cognitive performance -- such as age, education, use of other substances and depression."
Denver NORML to File Marijuana Social Use Initiative for 2016 Ballot
Florida Approves 5 Nurseries To Grow Medical Marijuana
Vermont Senate Votes To Legalize Marijuana
S. 241 now moves to the House of Representatives. Governor Pete Schumlin has vowed to sign bill when it reaches his desk.
Four other states, Colorado, Washington, Alaska, And Oregon, along with the District of Columbia have already legalized marijuana through the initiative process. Vermont will be the first state to do so through the legislature.
Marijuana use and risk of prediabetes and diabetes by middle adulthood: the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) study
"Marijuana use in young adulthood is associated with an increased risk of prediabetes by middle adulthood."
Smoking Marijuana Might Have Some Surprising Health Benefits
Arizona’s Reefer Mad Bill Montgomery Compares Marijuana Expo to Violent “Cartel Members”, Vietnam Vet as “Enemy”
Hillary Clinton Calls for Easing Federal Restrictions on Marijuana
Daily Marijuana Use Does Not Cause Changes In Brain Structure Or Development in Adolescents or Adults
From a study published in The Journal of Neuroscience
Recent research has suggested that marijuana use is associated with volumetric and shape differences in subcortical structures, including the nucleus accumbens and amygdala, in a dose-dependent fashion. Replication of such results in well controlled studies is essential to clarify the effects of marijuana. To that end, this retrospective study examined brain morphology in a sample of adult daily marijuana users (n = 29) versus nonusers (n = 29) and a sample of adolescent daily users (n = 50) versus nonusers (n = 50). Groups were matched on a critical confounding variable, alcohol use, to a far greater degree than in previously published studies. We acquired high-resolution MRI scans, and investigated group differences in gray matter using voxel-based morphometry, surface-based morphometry, and shape analysis in structures suggested to be associated with marijuana use, as follows: the nucleus accumbens, amygdala, hippocampus, and cerebellum. No statistically significant differences were found between daily users and nonusers on volume or shape in the regions of interest. Effect sizes suggest that the failure to find differences was not due to a lack of statistical power, but rather was due to the lack of even a modest effect. IN SUM, THE RESULTS INDICATE THAT, WHEN CONTROLLING FOR ALCOHOL USE, GENDER, AGE, AND OTHER VARIABLES, THERE IS NO ASSOCIATION BETWEEN MARIJUANA USE AND STANDARD VOLUMETRIC OR SHAPE MEASUREMENTS OF SUBCORTICAL STRUCTURES.
14 Years After Decriminalizing Heroin, Here’s What Portugal Looks Like
The total number of people using drugs in Portugal has actually fallen by more than a third since the country began focusing on treatment programs instead of punishment.
In 2001, critics worried that drug addiction rates would skyrocket, but not only have they come down, heroin addiction rates have been cut in half.
HIV infections, which are spread by shared needles, have also been cut in half, while the number of drug-related deaths has been cut by 75%.
Teenage girl dies after she stops taking medical marijuana and returns to home state to campaign for Connecticut MMJ legalization. WOULD STILL BE A L I V E IF PERMITTED TO CONTINUE TREATMENT WITH MMJ WHILE IN CONNECTICUT. Draconian drug laws kill 13yo girl! CONNECTICUT PROHIBITIONISTS DENY GIRL L I F E SAVING MEDICINE AND KILL HER!
Marijuana Reduces Cancer Risk And Kills Existing Tumors
According to multiple study findings published on Cancer.gov, “Cannabinoids appear to kill tumor cells but do not affect their nontransformed counterparts and may even protect them from cell death.”
Colorado Offers Look At Life After Legalization
The consensus among several top state officials — who emphasize that their job is to carry out the will of the voters rather than mull whether their constituents made the right choice — is that there have been no widely felt negative effects on the state since marijuana became legal, and a crop of retail stores, cultivation facilities, and manufacturers sprung up from Aurora to Telluride.
Legalization has ushered in thousands of new jobs in the burgeoning industry, brought $135 million into state coffers last year, and ended the prohibition of a widely used substance.
“There are a certain number of folks, like myself, who were pretty reticent about it to begin with,” said House Speaker Dickey Lee Hullinghorst, a Democrat. But “the sky didn’t fall. Everything seems to be working pretty well.”
And Dr. Larry Wolk, the top medical official in Colorado’s public health department, said that since legalization no large troubling public health trends have cropped up yet.
Opponents of legalization point to a federal drug survey that estimates Colorado had the highest level of any state of 12- to 17-year-olds reporting marijuana use in the last 30 days for 2013-2014. But the change in Colorado’s youth use rate from 2012-2013 — before full legalization— to 2013-2014 — partly after — was not statistically significant. And federal statisticians say the findings are not sufficient to draw conclusions about changes in youth marijuana use patterns as a result of legalization.
Wolk, the top doctor at the state’s public health department, said Colorado marijuana use has always been high compared with the rest of the country.
“No pun intended,” he said, “we started high and stayed high — use hasn’t increased in a statistically significant way since legalization. Those that were using before are still using now, among youths and adults.”
VICTORY! SCOTUS Rejects MJ Suit Against Colorado
In a 6-2 decision the Supreme Court has thrown out a lawsuit brought against Colorado by Nebraska and Oklahoma. The suit claimed that legal marijuana in Colorado was causing "a direct and significant detrimental impact — namely the diversion of limited manpower and resources to arrest and process suspected and convicted felons involved in the increased illegal marijuana trafficking or transportation." Citing the Supremacy Clause in the U.S. Constitution and the illegality of marijuana at the federal level they wanted SCOTUS to overturn Colorado's marijuana law. Instead SCOTUS has refused to hear the case and told Nebraska and Oklahoma to beat feet.
FBI Anti-Marijuana Hiring Policy Problematic For Cyber Security Program
The FBI is struggling to tackle cyber crime lately and that’s partly because the agency is having a difficult time hiring new cyber security experts.
Beyond the often higher paying private sector firms competing for talent, the FBI’s own drug policy poses a problem for hiring new cyber security talent, as reported by VICE.
On Monday FBI Director James B. Comey said the agency may need to loosen its no-tolerance marijuana policy to hire new cyber security hackers, as reported by The Wall Street Journal.
Indeed, a substantial portion of the country’s top computer programmers and hackers enjoy marijuana, and most of them aren’t going to quit just to work for the FBI.
CDC Tells Doctors To Stop Testing Patients For Marijuana
As part of its plan to change the healthcare community’s cavalier attitude towards the distribution of dangerous prescription painkillers, the federal government has advised physicians across the United States to stop testing their patients for marijuana.
Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released an updated set of guidelines for prescribing opioids to patients suffering from chronic pain. Buried inside the language of this attempt to put a leash on the prescription painkiller epidemic, the CDC urged doctors to modify their drug screening policies in an effort to prevent those testing positive for THC metabolites from being disqualified from treatment.
Although the agency wrote that it still believes urine testing is necessary to discover any “undisclosed use” of illicit substances, it specifically states that this rule no longer applies to THC.
Which Is Worse For You – Marijuana Smoke Or Tobacco Smoke?
According to a 2015 study conducted at Emory University in Atlanta, the inhalation of cannabis smoke, even over extended periods of time, is not associated with detrimental effects on pulmonary function, such as forced expiratory volume (FEV1) and forced vital capacity (FCV). Assessing marijuana smoke exposure and lung health in a large representative sample of U.S. adults, age 18 to 59, they maintained, “The pattern of marijuana’s effects seems to be distinctly different when compared to that of tobacco use.” Subjects had inhaled the equivalent of one marijuana cigarette per day for 20 years, yet did not experience FEV1 decline or deleterious change in spirometric values of small airways disease.
Brookings Bombshell: America Needs High-Quality Marijuana Medications
John Hudak, a researcher with the nonpartisan Brookings Institution think tank, concluded in a March 22 study that the White House and Congress must act immediately to save American l i v e s by passing the CARERS act, a marijuana liberalization law that would lift barriers to medical marijuana research, protect doctors and patients, and ultimately re-schedule marijuana so that therapeutic formulations can be made available in all 50 states and territories.
Atascadero To Legalize Medical Marijuana Cultivation Once Again
City Council unanimously votes to allow medical marijuana cultivation
Top 6 Industries Fighting Legal Marijuana
When confronted by multibillion dollar organizations arguing that they are just looking out for your welfare by keeping marijuana illegal just follow the money trail, it will lead to the truth.
Study: Marijuana Associated With Decreased Migraine Frequency
Cannabis administration is associated with decreased migraine headache frequency, according to data published online ahead of print in the journal Pharmacotherapy.
Authors reported that 85 percent of subjects reported a decrease in migraine frequency.
“Migraine headache frequency decreased from 10.4 to 4.6 headache per month with the use of medical marijuana,” researchers concluded.
Big Money Fights to Block Marijuana Legalization
Alcohol, Big Pharma, and the Industrial Prison Complex along with prison guard unions and the Forced Re-Hab industries are spending million$ to lobby prohibitionist politicians in a bid to protect profits.
Legalized Marijuana Gaining Support In Tennessee
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Supporters of legal marijuana hope to spur action on an issue they say has broad support in Tennessee.
The Tennessee Cannabis Coalition met Sunday night in Nashville to gear up for the upcoming legislative session.
The activist group said 76 percent of Tennesseans support medical marijuana.
They hope increased awareness will lead to voting on the issue.
The coalition said the positive news from states that have legalized marijuana could help raise awareness here in Tennessee.
“The data that’s coming out of Colorado is incredibly promising,” said Tennessee Cannabis Coalition founder Cecily Friday-Shamim.
“We’re seeing a reduction in vehicle fatalities, we’re seeing a reduction in violent crime, you know we’re seeing a lot of positive things coming out of legal states.”
This year, six states will vote on to legalize marijuana.
CBD In Marijuana 'Induces Rapid Antidepressant-Like Effects'
CBD’s fast-acting antidepressant effects in lab study hold promise for those struggling with depression.
The rapid onset of CBD’s antidepressant effects are of particular interest because at present, nearly all pharmaceutical antidepressants must be taken for weeks before patients feel any effects kick in.
Marijuana-Based Drug Found to Reduce Epileptic Seizures
An experimental drug derived from marijuana has succeeded in reducing epileptic seizures in its first major clinical trial, the product’s developer announced on Monday, a finding that could lend credence to the medical marijuana movement.
The developer, GW Pharmaceuticals, said the drug, Epidiolex, achieved the main goal of the trial, reducing convulsive seizures when compared with a placebo in patients with Dravet syndrome, a rare form of epilepsy. GW shares more than doubled on Monday.
The War On Drugs' Horribly Racist Origins Have Finally Been Revealed
A former adviser to President Richard Nixon said the war on drugs was invented to criminalize black people and suppress the radical left, according to an article published by Harper's.
Dan Baum, a Harper's contributor and former staff writer for the New Yorker, recalled a conversation he had in 1994 with former adviser to the president for domestic affairs John Ehrlichman, who served 18 months in federal prison for perjury charges stemming from the Watergate scandal.
Here's his damning admission to Baum, via Harper's:
At the time, I was writing a book about the politics of drug prohibition. I started to ask Ehrlichman a series of earnest, wonky questions that he impatiently waved away. "You want to know what this was really all about?" he asked with the bluntness of a man who, after public disgrace and a stretch in federal prison, had little left to protect. "The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I'm saying? We knew we couldn't make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did."
Medical Marijuana States Have Fewer Suicides
Researchers took a close look at state-level suicide data over a 17-year period, from 1990 to 2007, from the National Vital Statistics System’s mortality detail files. They analyzed data from the 12 states that had legalized medical marijuana during that time and compared it with states that continued to criminalize the drug. In states that had legalized marijuana for medical use, there was a 10.8 percent reduction in the suicide rate of men in their 20s and a 9.4 percent reduction in men in their 30s, the study found.
New Study Suggests Marijuana's Impact On Crash Risk Has Been Greatly Exaggerated
Pot prohibitionists frequently warn that legalization will flood the roads with dangerously stoned drivers, leading to a surge in traffic fatalities. So far there is not much evidence of such a surge in Colorado or Washington, where marijuana was legalized in 2012. A new study may help explain why: It looks like marijuana’s impact on traffic safety has been greatly exaggerated.
Reporters and anti-pot activists commonly warn that marijuana use doubles the risk of a car crash. Even if that were true, toking would pale in comparison to drinking as a road hazard, since research indicates that a blood alcohol concentration of 0.10% quintuples the risk of an accident. But according to an analysis that’s about to be published by the journal Addiction, the increase in crash risk associated with marijuana use is roughly 20% to 30%, as opposed to the widely cited estimate of 92%.
Drive To Legalize Marijuana In Maine Advances On Judge's Ruling
An effort to allow Maine residents to vote to legalize recreational marijuana use advanced on Friday when a judge overruled a state official's decision invalidating some of the signatures needed to get the initiative on the ballot.
The ruling came a month after Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap's office disqualified almost half of the 99,229 voter signatures gathered by marijuana activists, leaving the initiative without enough certified supporters to land a spot on the ballot.
The Secretary of State's office said it had invalidated the petitions over concerns that the signatures of notaries public on various forms submitted did not match up with versions on file in official state records.
The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol, a national group advocating for the referendum, appealed the state's decision last month, saying that officials had disenfranchised tens of thousands of Maine voters based on a "handwriting technicality."
Maine Business and Consumer Court Justice Michaela Murphy on Friday ruled the state used an "incorrect and improper standard" to invalidate the signatures.
Pueblo County Commissioner Sal Pace Against Anti-Marijuana Petition
Commissioner Pace released the following statement:
“I’m saddened that a vocal minority is willing to tear apart our community when the voters of Pueblo have already spoken loud and clear. The result will be the same…again… except the community will be divided unnecessarily for the next seven months.
The folks running the measure need to explain to the hundreds of people working in Pueblo’s cannabis, construction, and real estate industries how they will put food on the table if this measure is successful.
Finally, if this passes what do we say to Pueblo County high school students promised scholarships, to the Colorado State Fair, Colorado State University-Pueblo, North Mesa and South Mesa Elementary, Beulah School, Runyon Field, Rye Mountain Park, and many other programs anticipating funds approved by the voters this past November from the 1B excise tax measure?”
Congress Passes Three Amendments to Stop DEA from Undermining State Marijuana Laws
Important Victories Build on Last Night’s Votes to End DEA's Controversial Bulk Data Collection Program, Cut DEA's Budget
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Legislators passed three amendments today to prohibit the DEA and U.S. Department of Justice from undermining state marijuana laws, as part of the U.S. House of Representatives' consideration of the Fiscal Year 2016 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations bill. A fourth amendment failed. The House also passed an amendment last night ending the DEA’s controversial bulk data collection program. It also passed three amendments cutting $23 million from the DEA’s budget, and shifted it to fighting child abuse, processing rape test kits, reducing the deficit, and paying for body cameras on police officers to reduce law enforcement abuses.
** San Bernardino police suspect marijuana dispensary employee of kidnapping, torture
"SAN BERNARDINO >> SWAT officers converged Monday morning on an E Street marijuana dispensary to serve a warrant on a documented gang member for allegedly beating and torturing someone closely related to the business, San Bernardino police officials said."
"Pesquiera was on probation for a prior conviction of street terrorism, according to the news release. Monday, he was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping, torture, robbery and possession of marijuana for sale."
"Despite heavy pressure from the outgoing governor, the Vermont House soundly defeated Big Marijuana by voting overwhelmingly to stop pot legalization. Legalization groups and industry spent thousands of dollars to pass this via the legislature this year - and SAM/SAM-VT teamed up for a big victory here."
Marijuana Legalization Fails in Vermont House of Representatives